5 Remarkable Facts About the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) - The Countdown #39

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What causes the sky near the Earth's poles to light up with swirling, colorful light? In this episode of the Countdown, we explore the physics behind auroras and more.

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More to explore:

Visit http://LightsOverLapland.com for more images of the Northern Lights from Abisko National Park in Sweden.

Aurora Forecast (NOAA)
http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/index.html

Written in the Sky: Aurora Borealis Explained (Institute of Physics)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PXu2SnG4pk

Science Casts: Auroras Underfoot (NASA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzET3jkl5Ww

Northern Lights, Earth's Auroras, Causes and Facts (Space.com)
http://www.space.com/15139-northern-lights-auroras-earth-facts-sdcmp.html

The History of Auroras (NASA)
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/themis/auroras/aurora_history.html#.Us8Ya2RDvPZ

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Top image courtesy of Rafal Konieczny via Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aurora_Borealis_NO.JPG

Credits:
Host/writer: Sophie Bushwick
Story Advisors: Clara Moskowitz & Michael Moyer
Editor: Joss Fong
Producer: Eric R. Olson